Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dead battery

I'm blaming the lateness of this post on a dead camera battery.  It has absolutely nothing to do with me binge watching the final season of the Gilmore Girls all day.  Nope, Gilmore Girls wasn't the cause.  The dead camera battery was.  That's my story & I'm sticking to it.

Today's #todayonmyneedles is something secret that I can't show pictures of yet and while the mohair scarf is coming along, you can only look at so many pictures of a gray garter stitch rectangle before you blow your brains out.  So....

Instead of another gray rectangle, we have Sarah modeling the It's Only Make Believe cowl.  If you turn it upside down, you see mostly color instead of the magenta but I wasn't about to ask Sarah to take it off, turn it upside down & put it back on.  It was hard enough getting her to agree to let me take this picture.  As much as the girl likes clothes, she does not like to model them.  At least not for the camera.

We also have the finished Lagoa, which I absolutely love!  I've been wearing it around the house for the last couple of days because our heating unit got a bad case of the flu & needed medical attention.  We tend to keep the temperature turned down fairly low in the winter anyway, but with no heat at all.... it was a bit chilly in here.  Lagoa helped keep me nice and warm.  Granted, it looks a little weird with my pajamas....  Yeah, I can't say that beaded lace, paint stained sweatpants & a 20 year old t-shirt is a good look for me, but I was comfortable.

So...  Gilmore Girls.  Is/was anyone else out there as emotionally tied up into that show as I have been?  Good grief!  I can't get over how obsessed with that show I've been.  And I can't believe it's over.  I feel totally lost without the Gilmores to hang out with.  Of course, I may get a few to-do list items accomplished now that they've gone from my Netflix que, but....  Man, it's only been a few hours, but I miss the Gilmores.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Panic Mode

I'm in total panic mode.  I've been waiting & waiting to hear back about the seasonal/summer job and I finally got the job offer email yesterday.  Now, I'm in total panic mode.  I'm not ready to go back to work.  I have too much to do!  Mainly because I have spent the entire winter binge watching Netflix and knitting instead of doing all the things on my list.  Crud.

I have gotten one thing done though.

My It's Only Make Believe cowl has been soaked, washed and blocked.

It's a little too magenta for my taste, but I love the yarn combination.  It was knit with two Knit Picks yarns, "Fairy" Palette and "Make Believe" Stroll Fingering.  I used my #3 Knitter's Pride Karbonz interchangeable needles which won't stay attached to the cord.  I've got a few pair of needle tips (from various manufacturers) that won't stay screwed to the cord.  They are really frustrating to knit with & I should probably contact the company, but that would take time away from knitting and it's just easier to continue whining about it.  If it wasn't for the unscrewing problem, I'd love the Karbonz needles though.

By the way, someone asked me if I get paid to mention Knit Picks since I talk about them so often.  I don't.  I just have them on speed dial.  I'm considering having one of those tube systems installed, like at the drive through windows of banks, so they could just instantly shoot me my yarn.

As for #todayonmyneedles photo,

The mohair scarf is growing.  I'm knitting it with, surprise, surprise, Knit Pick's Aloft in Silver and Shadow lace weight in Opal Heather held together on #11 needles.  The whole scarf will be simple garter stitch.  My original thought was to add a beaded fringe but I'm not sure.  I worry that the beads would pull it out of shape.  Plus I hate adding fringe.

The scarf is sort of a dull gray that perfectly matches the weather we've been having lately.  The silver Aloft adds just a bit of brightness to it though & gives it a frosted look.  Which is also perfect for our weather.  We are supposed to get snow this weekend.  It will probably blizzard.  The freezer isn't exactly stocked and we are almost totally out of bread.  That tends to mean that a forecast calling for light flurries will turn out to be a foot of snow.  We are well stocked on toilet paper though so there is hope.

Except, the yard is full of Robins.  But now that I think about it, does a yard full of Robins mean snow or spring?

Meanwhile, Minnie is pouting because I wouldn't let her have a ham.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

TBT - Snow

It's Throwback Thursday & I seem to have a winter weather theme thing going on for TBT lately.

Once again, I'm not sure what year this was taken.  It was probably 1991 or 1992.  I do remember I'd just traded in the Supra for the Blazer and we hit the road in search of snow and an excuse to try out the four wheel drive.


After having nightmares the other night about spending the hot, sticky, humid summer knitting mohair, I decided I better put the new purchase to good use quickly.  Once I started playing around with stitch patterns, I remembered why I don't knit with mohair often.  I finally decided to knit a simple garter scarf and I'll finish it with some beaded fringe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Technically, it's off my needles, but #todayonmyneedles...

A free Ravelry pattern, Lagoa knit on US4 needles with Knit Picks Palette in Indigo Heather & Stroll Fingering in Lullaby.  It was a breeze to knit, a bitch to block.  It's got 210 beads on the cast on edge & each of those blasted 210 beads needed to be pinned out.  I thought I was going to run out of pins & have to start using toothpicks.  I know I spent at least eight days pinning it down.  It would have been SO much easier if I had a set of flexible blocking wires.  I'd pin and pin and pin & look back & see an uneven curve.  I'd go back, re-pin, pin some more and some more and some more.  I'd look back & see an uneven curve. I'd go back, re-pin, pin some more and....  Well, you get the picture.

And now, looking at the picture, I'm seeing about 50 places where I need to go fix the pins.  I swear it was nice and evenly curved before I got out the camera.

Meanwhile....  Zack went to the hand specialist yesterday.  Super nice guy, except I wish he hadn't explained the break quite as well as he did.  Apparently, the accident Zack suffered, with his thumb being crushed between one stationary bowling ball & one extremely fast moving bowling ball correlates exactly, as far as impact goes, with a human being smashed between a stationary tractor trailer and another tractor trailer moving at 60 miles per hour.  I can't quite get that visual out of my mind now.  Thanks, doc!  The good news, however, is that Zack should regain full use of his thumb after four weeks of three times a week physical therapy.  Good Lord!

And, to add just a bit of excitement to our lives, remember when the front end of Zack's truck was missing the engine & looked like this?

Well, the back end now looks like this.

The fuel pump died and apparently, it's easier to take the whole truck bed off & replace the pump from above than from below.  And, as luck would have it, the new fuel pump was a bad one.  Good Lord.  Apparently it's a very common thing for fuel pumps to be bad right out of the box.  It must be true because this is the third time it's happened to us.  Third!  Good grief!

Okay, well, I'm off to go shop for flexible blocking wires & to look for mohair scarf/shawl patterns on Ravelry.  Some mohair magically showed up in my mailbox recently and last night I had nightmares about knitting with it during the hot, humid, summer months.  That's one dream that I refuse to allow to come true.

Monday, January 19, 2015


What is wrong with me?  I seem to be going through some sort of hibernation process lately.  Normally, I don't sleep but 4 or 5 hours per night but lately, I've been sleeping 10 - 14 hours a night.  I feel great, except that it's totally screwing with my to-do list.

So, the point of that is that there hasn't been as much knitting being accomplished as I'd hoped.

#todayonmyneedles 01/19/15

Another phone photo with bad lighting.  And wow!  My phone camera really, really hates that purple.  Between my new sleep cycle and the fact that I've got to make a run to the warehouse club to buy dog food I probably won't get much knitting done today.  I had to make the dogs scrambled eggs this morning because there wasn't enough regular dog food left to fill their bowls.  While the dogs loved their scrambled egg treat, Max has spent the day giving me the look.  He's obviously worried about his dinner.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

OTN 01/18/15

I was so busy sleeping through this Very rainy day, I almost forgot to post a #todayonmyneedles picture.

Granted, it's a very bad, out of focus, taken in the dark with my stupid phone (it's definitely not a smart phone) photo...

While the yarns were skeined, I loved the multi-color and the solid purple together.  They were the perfect combo.  But now that I'm knitting them side by side, I'm not so sure.  The solid purple is no where near the same purple that's in the variegated yarn.  The beads may not have been the best choice either.  Oh well.  It's an easy to knit project that I could easily knit a second time.  With one caveat   If there's a next time, I will make sure I do a better job of counting the beads.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Birds

I feel like I'm in an Alfred Hitchcock movie.  The birds descended upon us this morning.

Okay, so that photo isn't all that impressive.  But all those little black blobs are birds and that is only a 100th of the number of birds that landed in our trees this morning while I was making coffee.  There were so many birds, even the dogs seemed intimidated and one of their favorite activities is barking at birds.  Instead of barking, they both just stood on the deck staring.  The noise was incredible, in fact, you probably heard them at your house.


 #todayonmyneedles 01/17/15

Not much visual progress has been made.  Yesterday was spent running errands & hanging with my kiddos.  I'd totally forgotten that yesterday was my son's first official vacation day.  He's worked full time for two years & it's the first time he's taken real vacation days.  He chauffeured Sarah & I around all afternoon then took us to dinner.  It's hard for me to remember that my baby isn't a baby anymore, but it sure is nice having a grown up son with a job who can, and does, take his mamma & sister out to dinner (at a real restaurant, not a fast-food place) occasionally.

But back to knitting.....  I got six or seven rows knit and only have four or five more to go before the lace stops, the yarn changes and visual progress begins to be made.  And those dammed extra beads go away.  I am SO ready for those extra beads to be gone.

And just because we haven't seen the sun in so long...

One more picture of the birds.  Or more importantly, the blue sky.  I can't remember the last sunny, clear blue sky day we had.  I think Mother Nature has been confusing Washington DC with the state of Washington.

Happy weekend & I hope you are experiencing sunny, blue skies as well.